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 Iceland MultiSport Total Immersion Retreat: Hiking, Hotsprings and Horses Adventure Retreat

Reykjavik, Iceland
Cost: $5400
July 14 -21st, 2024

This eight day, seven night retreat is packed with adventurous activities and stunning sights – horseback riding and hiking to waterfalls, kayaking the wetlands, soaking in geothermal hot springs, touring the Golden Circle and visiting charming villages. Whether hiking, riding, kayaking or driving across the untamed countryside, you will experience a world like you have never seen before with breathtaking views around every corner. The Icelandic culture is warm and inviting, and we will have the chance to spend time getting to know the local community members and artisans. Along with Jacqueline Stanford, you are joined by Iceland’s very own amazing guide, Hannah, who is an incredible young storyteller. We have fantastic activities planned for you in Iceland this July when the sun never sets. We are looking forward to an incredible time together. 

“The cure for exhaustion is not necessarily rest, it is wholeheartedness” (Brother David Sendall-Rast). 

This beautiful country, which is known as the Land of Fire and Ice, is brimming with contrasts: glaciers meet volcanoes, rugged mountains meet cascading waterfalls, and light meets dark. The people from this isolated and secluded Northern Island radiate the warmest, most vibrant energy that screams live life fully. From the lively Reykjavik city center that runs on geothermal power to the rural fishing villages, the unique Icelandic culture blends old and new. And despite the country‘s name, Icelandic summers are surprisingly mild and green, with nonstop daylight thanks to a phenomenon known as the midnight sun. Join us on our Iceland retreat as we play all day and night, exploring Iceland’s dramatic landscapes!

For many people, the mention of Iceland evokes images of volcanoes with difficult names to pronounce or expansive glaciers or the hip Reykjavík music scene that spawned famous exports like Björk, Of Monsters and Men, Sigur Rós and, my favorite, KALEO. We listen to this music the whole trip so download it now: www.officialkaleo.com/video

What To Expect on this Iceland retreat:

Join us for an unforgettable Icelandic Multisport retreat with Women’s Quest, from July 14th to July 21st. Discover what awaits you at the “Total Immersion” Adventure Retreat in Iceland.

This retreat is tailor-made for adventurous women seeking a thrilling and transformative experience in Iceland. Each morning, you’ll wake up to breathtaking views from our two guesthouses and begin your day with a soothing yoga and QiGong session, followed by a hearty Icelandic breakfast.

For the first four nights of your journey, you’ll be accommodated at Hotel Vatnsholt, a charming converted working farm renowned for its warm hospitality. During this period, we have an exciting itinerary planned, including:

One full day of exploring the world renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, Golden Circle, which involves visiting the Thingvellir National Park, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, and the impressive Great Geyser. Plus soaking in the secret lagoon and hot spring.

In our beloved town of Hveragerdi, we will set out on a scenic hike through the enchanting Reykjadalur Valley. Once you reach the summit, you’ll have the opportunity to luxuriate for hours in the inviting warm river, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate amidst nature’s tranquility.

In the afternoon, embark on an unforgettable kayaking adventure through the serene wetlands. Glide along narrow canals enveloped by a thriving ecosystem of cattails and reeds, while being serenaded by the diverse and vibrant birdlife. This excursion promises not just a journey through nature, but a delightful and memorable experience filled with fun and natural beauty. 

Hike to Glymer, the tallest waterfall in the region, and one of our beloved trails adorned with vibrant lupin flowers.

Exploring the HESPA wool shop, where our friend and artist GUÐRÚN BJARNADOTTIR will introduce us to the ancient Icelandic tradition of dyeing wool using plants.

Indulging in a delectable lobster dinner at a beachfront restaurant. Fjorubordid Stokkseyri

The highlight of this leg of the trip, aside from a day of horseback riding on the black sand beach, is the Fimmvörðuháls hike in Iceland. This hike offers a breathtaking experience, encompassing 26 waterfalls, 1 volcano, 2 glaciers, and 3 uniquely captivating landscapes. It’s a must-do adventure during your time here.

The second half of our retreat will unfold at Hotel Anna, a family-owned retreat in Iceland since 2002. Hotel Anna offers modern Nordic-style apartments that seamlessly blend tradition and comfort. After days of exploration, you can unwind in the natural wonder-filled surroundings of Hotel Anna.

During this part of the journey, we have a range of exciting activities planned:

  • Venture to the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon by amphibian boat.
  • Visit the black sand beach.
  • Explore the enchanting diamond beach.
  • Have the option to participate in a glacier hike.
  • Perhaps, get the chance to spot puffins.
  • And, of course, witness the awe-inspiring beauty of many incredible waterfalls.

These experiences will make the latter part of our retreat truly unforgettable.

As we wrap up this incredible journey, our last day will be spent at the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, offering the perfect way to conclude the retreat by soaking in the rejuvenating waters of the hot springs.

Join us on this incredible adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime. Check out this article: “What to Pack for Iceland in Summer (Clothing and other Essentials)”.


  • 8 days and 7 nights: 4 nights at Vatnsholt guesthouse and 3 nights at Hotel Anna 
  • In Reykjavik, Private showing at Kirsuberjatréð with our friend Arndís Jóhannsdóttir, who is the owner of this magnificent hidden jewel in Reykjavik. This is a co-op of 11 female artists which handmade amazing local arts and crafts. Even the band Kaleo gets their guitar straps from Dissa.  
  • Hiking Glymur, the highest waterfall in Iceland in the lupin flowers 
  • Amazing organic, locally sourced meals 
  • Incredible lobster dinner at a quaint little restaurant on the beach – Fjorubordid Stokkseyri 
  • 2 hour kayak adventure exploring the small winding tributaries in the wetlands
  • ⁠Walk behind the waterfall – Seljalandsfoss Iceland  
  • Set sail in the amphibian boat as we tour Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon 
  • Hike the Skogafoss Waterfall and FIMMVÖRÐUHÁLS hike – one of Iceland’s most iconic hikes passing up to 26 waterfalls 
  • Soak and swim in the local hot spring pools and spas after exhilarating days of activities, (pool fees not included) 
  • Daily relaxation practices including yoga, and Qigong, designed to relax and empower 
  • Walk to the Basalt columns and the black beach 
  • Guided hike on Solheimajokull glacier- and experience you don’t want to miss (optional around $95) 
  • One day of Horseback riding through the beautiful Icelandic terrain 
  • Visit small artisan’s shops for authentic clothes and gifts
  • ⁠Exploring the HESPA wool shop, where our friend and artist GUÐRÚN BJARNADOTTIR will introduce us to the ancient Icelandic tradition of dyeing wool using plants  
  • Visit the Puffin colony at Dyrholaey
  • Hike to Reykjadalur Hot springs thermal river and soak in the HOT RIVER!
  • We will explore Iceland’s Golden Circle and our guide Hannah will teach us all about the rich history

Golden Circle – We will explore Iceland’s Golden Circle of national parks as our guide, Vilborg, will teach us all about the rich history.

Thingvellir National Park sits atop the Mid Atlantic Ridge in a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates. The rocky cliffs, canyons, and fissures create an incredibly dramatic and unique landscape. We will get the chance to see where the Althing, the national parliament of Iceland, was founded at Thingvellir in the year 930 and held there till 1798 and is the oldest surviving parliament in the world.

We will start the day off with a beautiful hike in the National Park and then visit the Golden Circle highlights in the afternoon.

Gullfoss Waterfall – one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. The dramatic waterfall is created from the Hvítá river cascading before plunging into a deep crevasse. This is a waterfall that will stay with you forever.

Geysir – The Great Geysir is a hot spring geyser that shoots high into the Icelandic sky. Estimates suggest the geysir has been active for 10,000 years and the height of its eruptions are tied to the many earthquakes in the area that are constantly impacting the pressure of the geyser.

Thingvellir National Park – This national park is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and deservedly so. The park is formed from the ancient and ongoing collision of the North American and Eurasian plates. This ongoing tectonic movement has created the amazing geologic beauty of the region!

Lunch at Friðheimar tomato farm – Fridheimar ( meaning a world of peace) is a working farm that produces tomatoes year round in its enormous greenhouses. They use specific lighting to keep production rolling through the long and dark Icelandic winters. And boy, do they produce tomatoes! Friðheimar produces around a ton of tomatoes everyday along with providing us a great lunch — best tomato soup I have ever had. We will also see an amazing Icelandic Horse Demonstration

Secret Lagoon: Gamla Laugin or Secret Lagoon thermal pool is located in the small village of Flúðir in the Golden Circle area.  The pool’s natural surroundings and rising steam gives the place a magical feeling. Nearby, there is even a little geysir which erupts every five minutes, ?? putting on a show for you as you relax in the hot spring. Changing rooms with showers are available on site.

Included in the Price:

  • 4 nights Lodging Vatnsholt 
  • Delicious food at every meal, minus three lunches and three dinners 
  • Professional guide Hannah tour of the Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park, plus lunch at Friðheimar tomato farm Kayaking in the wetlands 
  • 3 nights lodging at Hotel Anna 
  • Private showing at Kirsuberjatréð Women’s coop 
  • Daily relaxation practices including yoga and Qigong, designed to relax and empower 
  • All Hikes 
  • Amphibian boat tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
  • visit the black beach.
  • Visit the puffins. 
  • visit diamond beach.

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to Reykjavik from the airport. 
  • Airfare 
  • Sky Lagoon on July 13 
  • Blue Lagoon entry on July 21
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners will be on your own
  • Swimming and hot spring pool fees $10 
  • Glacier Hike (around ($95) 
  • Tips for guide and driver

What are the accommodations?

4 nights at Hotel Vatnsholt, a little gem hotel that is surrounded by the magnificent Icelandic nature which guests can easily explore. The owners have converted this working farm into a beautiful guesthouse and have the reputation for being nature and animal lovers. 

4 nights at Hotel Anna – opened in 2002, is a small, family hotel, with 7 rooms and 9 apartments. Each of our hotel rooms has private facilities, TV, a telephone, and free WIFI, and is individually furnished to a high standard, in keeping with the traditional style of the farm, the childhood home of the author Anna from Moldnúpur, whose books were popular in the 1950s. The apartments have bedroom, bathroom and living room with a kitchenette. The apartments are designed in a more modern nordic style and are located next to the hot tubs, 20 meters from the hotel. After a day out immersed in the natural wonders of the region, Hotel Anna is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the high level of personal service we know our guests deserve.

What time should I arrive?

July 14th: 9:00am, Meet in Reykjavik at the City Hall with your luggage, and ready to hike.
Please arrange to arrive at least one day before the retreat starts. The retreat will formally begin on JULY 14th at 9 am.  Please come in July 13th. We will go to the Sky Lagoon on the 13th in the afternoon with our guide Hannah.

What time does the retreat end?

The retreat will end on July 21st after breakfast. We will then drive back to Reykjavik from Hotel Anna. On our way to the airport we will go to the Blue Lagoon.  Please arrange to fly out on the afternoon of the 21st after 4 PM. We will drop you at the airport by 1 PM. If you cannot do that then you can stay in Keflavik or Reykjavik one more day and fly out on the 22nd

Where to stay before and after the retreat

Below are some hotel recommendations if you are coming in early or staying after the retreat. If you are interested in a room share for your extra nights, make sure to check that box on the travel form in the online retreat packet and we will help set you up with a fellow Quester who is also staying extra nights.

Here are some other options:

  • Kex Hostel (cheaper option with dorm and single rooms)
  • Fosshotel Baron
  • Skolabru Guesthouse
  • Room With A View – Apartments
  • Hotel Leifur Eiriksson
  • Airbnb

Payment Policy

A deposit is required to hold your reservation at a retreat. Deposits are $500 for domestic and $1,000 for international retreats. Additional deposits may be required to reserve a single room. All deposits are non-refundable.

We cannot hold your reservation until we have received your deposit. If you would like to reserve an available spot in a retreat 90 or fewer days prior to the retreat date, we require payment in full for the retreat to hold the spot. This is in accordance with our payment policy below.

Payment in full for all retreats is due 90 days prior to the retreat date. If you do not provide payment in full by 90 days prior to the retreat you risk losing your reservation.

A 4% payment processing fee will be added to all payments made using PayPal, Stripe or Venmo. 

You are welcome to send in a check or pay by Zelle to avoid this fee.

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel a reservation, a full refund, less your deposit which is non-refundable, will be provided for any cancellation we receive in writing at least 91 days prior to the commencement date of the retreat. We are sorry but we cannot refund any payments for cancellations made 90 or fewer days prior to the commencement of the retreat.

We reserve the right to cancel retreats with inadequate participant interest. Women’s Quest IS NOT responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in schedules or tour cancellations.

Covid-19 Policy

Cancellations by Women’s Quest: Women’s Quest reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel or reschedule any retreat due to concerns over Covid-19. As a small company Women’s Quest is unfortunately not able to provide refunds of payments for retreats cancelled by Women’s Quest due to the Covid pandemic. This is primarily due to our financial commitments with the various retreat venues. As a result, in the event Women’s Quest cancels or reschedules a retreat due to Covid-19 Women’s Quest will apply all payments to the rescheduled or following year’s retreat, or to any other Women’s Quest retreat of your choosing through the end of the next year after the year in which the retreat was cancelled by Women’s Quest.  Because of the unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances of the outbreak, this policy supersedes earlier policies.

Cancellations by You: If you need or desire to cancel your reservation due to Covid-19, or failure to comply with the requirements of a negative test and being symptom free, this cancellation is subject to the Cancellation Policy above.  This is why we urge everyone to purchase travel insurance when signing up. 

Covid Waiver and Release
This waiver, release and acknowledgement of responsibilities is unfortunately necessary during this unique time of the Covid 19 pandemic. By signing up for and or attending any Women’s Quest retreat you agree to be bound by the terms of this document. We understand these times are challenging, however, these provisions are necessary to protect all attendees and staff members of Women’s Quest.

Testing For and Symptoms of Covid 19.  Irrespective of vaccination status you are required to provide a negative test for Covid 19 taken within 3 days of the commencement of the retreat. This test can be either a PCR test or a home antigen test. Also, irrespective of your vaccination status, you agree you will not attend the retreat if you have any symptoms of Covid 19 immediately prior to the beginning of the trip. These symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea (these, along with symptoms outline in the following link and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control shall be collectively referred to as the “Symptoms”.) More information on symptoms of Covid 19 can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Symptoms During the Retreat. In the event you develop any Symptoms during the retreat you must immediately leave the retreat and follow protocols outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and all local regulations. We understand this may result in you incurring significant expenses associated with separate accommodation and travel, however, you understand these expenses are not the responsibility of Women’s Quest and must be incurred by you. You agree to be fully honest with Women’s Quest staff in regard to any Symptoms you may develop and agree to comply with a request by Women’s Quest staff to depart as determined by Women’s Quest staff in their sole discretion. As provided below, this is why we strongly urge everyone to get travel insurance covering these and other expenses prior to departure.

Procedures During the Retreat. During the retreat Women’s Quest may, but need not, endeavor to practice social distancing and wearing of masks when traveling in close proximity. You agree to comply with all requests of Women’s Quest staff during the retreat related to these procedures. Any such procedures implemented by Women’s Quest are not a guaranty you will not be exposed to Covid 19 and you understand you are responsible for taking any precautions you deem necessary and providing your own personal protective equipment during the retreat. You also agree to comply with any reasonable requests by other attendees to respect their social distancing and other protective measures (“Participant Requests”.) Notwithstanding the foregoing, you are responsible to comply with all laws and regulations of the locality visited relating to protections against Covid 19.

Waiver of Coronavirus Related Illness; Indemnification. You understand that irrespective of protective measures that Women’s Quest or you may or may not take, you may be exposed to Covid 19 by another retreat attendee, a Women’s Quest staff member and or an individual to whom you may be exposed during, or traveling to or from the retreat. You agree to waive and release Women’s Quest, its officers, directors, staff, employees, contractors, and partners from any claims, liabilities or damages you may incur in the event you contract Covid 19 at any time during travel to, attending or after attending the retreat. You further agree to indemnify and hold harmless Women’s Quest, its officers, directors, staff, employees, contractors, and partners from any loss, liability or damages it or they may incur as a result of your failure to receive a negative test for Covid 19 prior to the retreat as provided above, attending the retreat with any Symptoms, not respecting Participant Requests, and not immediately departing the retreat if you develop any Symptoms.

Cancellation. In the unfortunate event you need to cancel your trip, cannot attend due to contracting Covid 19 or developing Symptoms prior to the retreat, or must leave the retreat due to contracting Covid 19 or developing Symptoms, Women’s Quest cannot provide any refund of any amounts you paid.

Travel Insurance. As provided in this document you could incur significant personal expense in the event you contract Covid 19 or develop any Symptoms during the retreat. As such, you are strongly urged to obtain travel insurance that provides adequate protections against these risks.

Additional Waiver. This waiver is incorporated into and made a part of other waivers you agreed to in connection with signing up for the retreat. In the event of a conflict between these terms and the terms of any other waiver, this waiver shall govern.

Purchasing Travel Insurance

We highly, highly recommend you get travel insurance to cover your expenses and losses, in the event you cannot make the Women’s Quest retreat for any reason or if  you test positive or come down with Symptoms prior to the retreat, develop Symptoms during the retreat, or cannot return home due to Covid related issues.  We recommend getting insurance that covers the cost of your trip, medical care while at the retreat, and coverage to pay for the necessary quarantine period if you test positive or come down with Covid.  Please remember, if you have to cancel your trip in the unfortunate event you come down with Covid, test positive, or suffer Symptoms prior to or during the retreat and need to leave, Women’s Quest cannot provide a refund since we have to pay your trip expenses well ahead of time.

If you are concerned about travel and the changing environment in which we are living irrespective of your Covid status, we recommend getting travel insurance that allows you to cancel for any reason. This coverage is more expensive, however, may provide you with the coverage and flexibility you desire.

Irrespective of the travel insurance you get, please make sure you talk to a travel insurance agent prior to buying any insurance and make sure you have the coverage you desire and that the policy will cover trip cancellation, medical expenses and trip interruption due to Covid. 

You can do your own investigation by checking out Squaremouth, a travel insurance comparison company that helps travelers search, compare and buy travel insurance online https://www.squaremouth.com/22393

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